Defence of the Handler

Level   I: 30
Level  II: 30
Level III: 30


  Handler talks to the dog after command at the start of exercise
-30 -30 -30

  Handler responds to conversation without preliminary authorization to do so
-30 -30 -30

  Dog bites before or during the meeting or conversation
-30 -30 -30

Dog bites after the meeting but before the aggression, penalized per meter from the spot intended for aggression
-2 -2 -2

Dog moves away from the handler without biting, at any time (with one meter allowance) penalty per meter
-1 -1 -1

  Dog abandons the handler, more than 10 meters
-30 -30 -30

  Dog attacks the third person
-30 -30 -30

  Dog does not defend during the 2 sec aggression
-30 -30 -30

  Handler encourages his dog, does not stay 3 m away during the Defense, or when the “out” command is given
-30 -30 -30

Bites after the “out”, per bite
-2 -2 -2

Per second not biting
-2 -2 -2

Dog does not return within 10 seconds of the recall command
-5 -5 -5

Dog does not guard closely for 5 seconds
-5 -5 -5


Duration of the exercise: 10 seconds
The exercise is based upon 5 principals:
1. There will always be a preliminary meeting (a handshake) between the Decoy and handler, with or without conversation. The handler may respond to the Decoy’s greeting with a very ordinary tone of voice. The judge may prohibit the handle from responding to the decoy after initial greeting, i.e. not say anything during the exercise.
2. The difficulty created for the dog will be increased progressively, according to the level.
3. At each level, the Decoy’s aggression will be clear and evident, and made with both hands.
4. At the moment of aggression, the Decoy and handler will remain motionless for 2 sec. If the dog bites within 2 sec, they will resume normal work; if the dog does not bite during the 2 sec, the Judge will stop the exercise.
5. The dog must only react if his master is the aggressed upon.
6. The handshake must be made by the Decoy, who is the aggressor.
7. The scenario for Defence of the Handler, as well as off leash heel, will be explained to all competitors only once, at the passage of the Dog in White. Modifications and additional explanations may be given after the Dog in White, at the request of a handler’s representative.
8. The use of accessories must not become a provocation to the dog or handler, only to protect himself or forestall the protection of the handler.
9. Decoy must not try to lure away the dog intentionally but must follow the predetermined route during the Dog in White. The judge will decide if the dog can be lured away by the decoy up to a distance of 10 meters. Handler needs to keep the dog beside them, to the left or right but not between their legs unless they are not moving. There will always be a handshake but not always a dialogue. Both decoys can shake the handler’s hand. Judge can insist that handler not speak after the initial command.
The handler can respond normally at the initial greeting if not told to do otherwise, otherwise he/she will not say a word. Decoy will not provoke before the handshake. After the handshake, in a scenario with two decoys, the decoy who will not hit must never find themselves less than 3m from the handler during diversions that look like provocation. A dog that does not ‘out’ will lose at most 10 points (one second delay for out is allowed); 20 points are kept for the bite portion; all the rest of the points are cumulative. If the dog does not react within 2 seconds of the hit, all points will be lost. It is important to note the difference between not reacting and a delay to reach the bite. A delay to bite because of an obstacle or odd placement is allowed.
The Decoy must strike the handler and hold the strike for 2 s. during which time the dog must bite. During the Defense of Handler, the handler must stay at least 3 m from the Decoy, until after the “out” command and return of the dog to heel.
A distinction is made after the handshake (with the aggressing decoy) between a cheap shot quick bite and a full bite. The penalty will be -2 instead of -2/m up to the place of the aggression. For any bite on the wrong decoy the exercise is lost.


Progress of the exercise, starting with some examples of possible situations:
– Simple conversation, after the Decoy and handler meet, ending in aggression
– After the conversation, the Decoy walks away and without wavering, returns to hit the
– The same, but he tries to trick the dog’s vigilance through deception
– The Decoy shows aggression toward a third person, to try to provoke an untimely reaction from the dog
– The third party pretends to start a fight with the handler himself
– The Decoy acts aggressively toward the handler in a situation similar to daily life, etc.
– The Judge will give a horn blast authorizing the “out” command. The dog must then guard the Decoy closely for 5 sec, after which the Judge will indicate the end of exercise, and the handler will recall the dog.
The dog that is guarding during 5 seconds, but comes back after the signal of the horn, i.e. after authorization of the judge, but before the command of the handler (-2)

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